In The News

CPHA President Brian Turner Speaks To Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police 

On Thursday February, 16, 2017 CPHA President Brian Turner spoke about Mental Health First Aid at the Mid-Year Conference of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in Evans, Colorado

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking, 8-hour certification course designed to teach participants to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge or crisis, and give them the tools to appropriately respond.

In his presentation, Brian described a specific public safety module designed for law enforcement participants and engaged participants in the effort underway to extend this training statewide as a complement to Crisis Intervention Training for the law enforcement community.



TAKE ACTION during the President's day recess. Your legislator will be in your home district and available

  1. Send an action alert message or make a phone call to your legislators (call the Capitol switchboard and ask to be connected - 202-224-3121) in support of the ACA/Prevention and Public Health Fund.

You can use the talking points and fact sheets (see list here)  or the text of the action alert to create a short phone script. 

- For your senators' contact information, visit the website for Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet.

- Find your US House Representative by zip code here.

- Here is the overview of current US House of Representatives from Colorado. 

2. Attend a local town hall or other constituent meeting. Here are Colorado Congress members holding town halls.

3. Submit an opinion piece in support of the ACA/PPHF to your local paper (a template can be requested by emailing [email protected]). You can see a sampling of letters/op-eds that have been successfully published on the "APHA members speak out" page.



Colorado's Budget Committee Makes Key Recommendations On Public-Health Spending

The state's Joint Budget Committee held its "figure setting" hearing this week for the Department of Public Health and Environment. Over a period of four hours, the JBC members made decisions about which line items to fund and how much money to approve for each item in the FY17-18 budget. 

CPHA's legislative staff at Frontline Public Affairs has produced a four-page report that covers information on funding for a variety of items, including Amendment 35 and tobacco settlement funded programs, oral health, Local Public Health Agencies, air quality, water quality, rural landfills, Commission on Affordable Health Care, HIE, and Health Facilities inspections. 

Frontline notes that some items are at risk of not being included in the introduced Long Bill due to a possible 3-3 tie vote on the JBC. 

Members: Frontline's report is available here. 

Nonmembers: Please join CPHA!






CPHA Joins in Denouncing Immigration Executive Order

February 6, 2017

On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order that would restrict the admission of certain foreign nationals and refugees to the United States under the guise of protecting the nation from foreign terrorists. The Colorado Public Health Association is dedicated to promoting a diverse and culturally inclusive membership, and we have serious concerns about the impacts of the President’s recent actions. CPHA unequivocally believes that our state and country are greatly enriched by the diverse perspectives and experiences of all Coloradans, and CPHA is strongly committed to the inclusion of all of its members.

As stated by APHA, CPHA is also deeply concerned that this executive order will “reduce US science and engineering output by discouraging the best and brightest international students, scholars, and scientists from studying and working, attending academic and scientific conferences, or seeking to build new business in the United States.”

We will continue to welcome all members and also highly encourage everyone to join CPHA in showing our solidarity in the following ways:


Check Out The New CPHA Website Member Center And Join A CPHA Circle

February 6, 2017

Get connected, exchange ideas and stay informed!

Circles are special interest member networks that we hope will increase member-to-member engagement. CPHA Members can log-in to the Member Center and join one of the established Circles…or start one of their own.

Check out the current Circles:

Public Health Consultants

Running your own consulting firm, working as an independent public health consultant, have past experience or just thinking about going out on your own? Want to engage with consultants? Join this circle and share your experience, advice and questions!

Past Presidents Club

A forum for any of the CPHA Past Presidents to connect and exchange information, including providing input on Association policies and activities. Past Presidents, please join!


The Student Committee, currently headed by two elected Co-Directors, maintains linkages to public health training programs in Colorado, represents the interests of students studying in public health fields and promotes Student Membership in the Association.


The committee develops and implements a Membership plan that includes recruitment and retention of Members in the Association. The committee shall also engage in organizational development activities such as press and public relations.

Public Health Policy

CPHA's Public Health Policy Committee is chaired by elected Public Health Policy Board Director, who initiates the policy and legislative activities of the Association.

Professional Education

The main objective of CPHA’s professional education efforts is to lead the execution of the annual Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) Conference each year.


CPHA Communications Committee works on increasing CPHA’s visibility amount internal and external audience, as well as promote networking and dialogue among members.

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